1. Former standout player Carolyn Kieger named women's basketball head coach

Former Marquette University women's basketball standout Carolyn Kieger has been named the fifth head women's basketball coach in Marquette's history, Interim Vice President and Director of Athletics Bill Cords announced today.

Kieger has spent the past six seasons as the assistant coach at the University of Miami, where she was primarily responsible for guard development. She focused a lot of attention on refining the skills of the Hurricanes' star guard, Shenise Johnson, who earned All-America and Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year honors in 2010-11, while the squad was crowned ACC regular season champions. She also saw guard Riquna Williams earn All-ACC First Team accolades and finish as the ACC scoring leader with 21.7 points per game.

"As one of Marquette's most successful women's basketball players of all time, Carolyn knows what it takes to succeed both on and off the court," Interim President Rev. Robert A. Wild, S.J. said. "Carolyn expects excellence from herself, her coaching staff and her players, and her experience coaching in three NCAA postseason appearances will be critical to helping Marquette reach new heights of success. We're thrilled to welcome Carolyn back to campus and look forward to great things to come for our women's basketball program."

Kieger was the director of operations for the Marquette women's basketball program during the 2007-08 season and spent a year at Miami as the coordinator of basketball operations from 2006-07.

As a player at Marquette, Kieger was a four-year starter, three-year captain and is the university's all-time assists leader. She is the only player in program history with at least 1,200 career points, 400 career rebounds and 600 assists. For her career, Kieger averaged 10.3 points per game and was a second team All-BIG EAST selection for the 2005-06 season, as well as, a second team All-Conference USA selection for the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons. During her senior campaign, she was a finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Award, given to the nation's top point guard. In addition to her athletic accomplishments, Kieger received the BIG EAST Conference's Sportsmanship award as a senior.

A native of Roseville, Minn., Kieger graduated cum laude from Marquette in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in broadcasting and electronic communications. In 2007, she received the McCahill Award, given to a graduated senior student-athlete who demonstrated the highest performance in scholarship, leadership and athletics.

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2. Student Affairs announces winners of student leadership awards

Last weekend, the Division of Student Affairs honored 61 Marquette students who have made outstanding contributions to the university or Milwaukee community by implementing programs and services through Student Affairs, Campus Ministry or student organizations. Students were recognized for contributions in celebration and promotion of diversity, community service, peer education, recreation, health and wellness, social and arts programming, spiritual development and justice education, and student governance and organizational leadership.

Six students were recognized with awards to honor exceptional contributions across several areas:

  • Rev. Andrew J. Thon, S.J., Vice President's Award for Distinguished Leadership, Scholarship and Service: Spencer Bonahoom, College of Business Administration

  • Outstanding Freshman Leadership Award: Karleen Wojczak, College of Health Sciences

  • Outstanding Sophomore Leadership Award: Markie Pasternak, Klingler College of Arts and Sciences

  • Outstanding Junior Leadership Award: Nora Heiderscheidt, College of Health Sciences, and Allen Femy Samson, College of Nursing

  • Outstanding Senior Leadership Award: Willy Jolly, College of Business Administration, and Jessie Bazan, Diederich College of Communication

For a complete list of award recipients, visit the Division of Student Affairs website.

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3. Grades available May 13 at 5 p.m.; deadline for academic appeals is May 19

Students will have access to view grades in CheckMarq from Thursday, May 8, at 4:30 p.m. until Tuesday, May 13, at 5 p.m. Access to grades and unofficial transcripts in CheckMarq will be unavailable until then while the Office of the Registrar updates grades.

Students are expected to check their Marquette email account Wednesday, May 14, in the event action is required for academic censure. The deadline for academic appeals is Monday, May 19, at 4:30 p.m.

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4. Cap and gown pick-up is May 13-14

Cap and gown pick-up for all Commencement candidates is Tuesday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the AMU, 157 and 163, and Wednesday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the AMU, 157 and 163. There is no charge or pre-ordering for pick up.

Undergraduates may keep their cap and gown. Graduates in law, health sciences, dentistry, master's programs (MPA and DPT), the Graduate School of Management and the Graduate School (master's and doctoral degrees) must return caps, gowns and hoods to representatives of the cap and gown company immediately following the ceremony. Tassels may be retained as a keepsake.

If a student cannot pick up his or her graduation apparel, a friend or relative can pick it up if they have the student's name, approximate height, degree and college. For additional information, contact University Special Events at (414) 288-7431.

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5. Buy Senior Week tickets online, submit photos of Class of 2014 student experience

The university will celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2014 during Senior Week, May 12-17. The week includes a variety of events for graduating seniors and their families and is designed to provide a relaxing way for seniors to connect as a class one more time before graduation. Online ticket sales end Friday, May 2.

The Office of Student Development is collecting photos of the Class of 2014 student experience for a slideshow to be played at the Senior Week Kick-off event at Whiskey Bar. Photos can be submitted to osd@marquette.edu. Students submitting photos via email should include this line: "I give Marquette University permission to use this/these photos in the Senior Week 2014 slideshow." Photos will not be used for any other purpose besides the slideshow.

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6. Ethnic Alumni Association to host ice cream social

The Ethnic Alumni Association will host an ice cream social Wednesday, May 7, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the AMU, 227, for all students to enjoy a sweet treat during finals week, relax with fellow students and alumni, and learn about Ethnic Alumni Association programs.

For more information, contact Alumni Engagement at (414) 288-7441.

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7. Ushers needed for Baccalaureate Mass

Campus Ministry is looking for faculty, staff and students to serve as ushers at Baccalaureate Mass on Saturday, May 17, at 4:30 p.m. at the U.S. Cellular Arena. Ushering involves greeting people as they arrive, handing out programs and helping direct the flow of people during Communion. After the Mass, ushers will be needed to help clean up programs and take down the ropes that cordon off different sections.

Ushers are asked to dress nicely and arrive by 3 p.m. to receive their assignments and participate in a brief training. Volunteers should be done by 6:30 p.m. at the latest. To volunteer, email Ann Hilbert, administrative assistant in Campus Ministry, by Friday, May 2.

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8. The Naturals to perform first outdoor spring concert tomorrow

The Naturals, Marquette's all-male a cappella group, will perform "NaturalFest" on Friday, May 2, at 8 p.m. in Westowne Square. The concert is free and open to the public, and will feature the Gold 'n Blues and The Meladies.

For more information on the concert and accommodations for rain, visit The Naturals' Facebook page.

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9. The Meladies to perform spring concert this weekend

The Meladies, Marquette's all-female a cappella group, will hold a free spring concert, "Come Together," Saturday, May 3, at 7 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. The concert will feature performances by The Naturals and the Gold 'n Blues.

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10. Law School to host information session May 9

The Law School will host an information session about admissions, financial aid, enrollment policies and procedures, curriculum, intellectual and student life Friday, May 9, at 11:45 a.m. in Eckstein Hall, 263. The information session will include a student panel and student-led tours will be available at the conclusion of the session.

For more information, contact Stephanie Nikolay, Law School director of admissions and recruitment, at (414) 288-8062.

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11. Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science colloquium to discuss association and causation

The Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science will host a colloquium Friday, May 2, at 3 p.m. in Cudahy Hall, 401. Mandana A. Yazdani of the Human Genetics Center and Division of Biostatistics at the University of Texas School of Public Health will present "The Difference between Association and Causation."

Pre-colloquium refreshments will be served at 2:30 p.m. in Cudahy, 342. For additional information or questions, contact Dr. Rong Ge, assistant professor of mathematics, statistics and computer science, at (414) 288-6344.

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